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    Default Why do we use dvds

    Prompted by the many requests for a universal d vd for those without a teacher
    1. To learn basic technique
    eg Jenna Basics and Beyond

    2 To drill basic technique
    To perfect or revisit and perfect technique. Maybe take an easy day in the middle of pushing yourself.
    eg Luscious

    3 To learn layers, compound moves and combinations
    Compound moves take elements of different basic movements and layer them togerther and move from one to te other fast enough to make an organic whole, generally within one or two beats. Combinations string together compound or simple movements generally to the length of one musical phrase.

    4 To drill either complete combinatons,or movements that whilst not necessarily bellydance moves will facilitate transitions and the abilty to multi-task ( I knew there was a reason why more women than men bellydance!!)
    eg Drills, Drills, Drills

    5 To learn choreographies

    To pick up stylisations

    6 To learn about rythmns and appropriate steps
    eg Heartbeat of Bellydance

    7 To increase stamina - the increasing phenomeon of bellydance for stamina - some of which I can atest fulfill other categories above
    eg Neon's Rythms which will also teach you about drum rythmns, and is very useful for drilling to increase flexibility and muscle memory.

    I have not even begun to touch on specialist dvds - learning folkloric, props, or arms, entrances whatever.

    but if you are thinking of buying a dvd or just asking for recommendations from forum members - please consider what you want or need!!

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    One thing I have found is that if I attend a workshop, I often quickly forget what the instructor tried to teach me. But, if that instructor sells a DVD that has the same combinations, choreography, or technique, then having the DVD allows me to "take the lesson home." It won't offer the real-time feedback or correction; but, it does offer a reminder at least.

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    Some people use DVD's to learn skills that their teachers don't teach. For example, if someone wants to learn performing skills but has a teacher who doesn't really teach those, they might want to buy DVD's that teach it such as Michelle Joyce's Secrets of the Stage series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiradotnet View Post
    Some people use DVD's to learn skills that their teachers don't teach. For example, if someone wants to learn performing skills but has a teacher who doesn't really teach those, they might want to buy DVD's that teach it such as Michelle Joyce's Secrets of the Stage series.
    agreed.
    but just for general informatin, is that dvd series worth buying?

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    Where I live, 98 percent of the instructors have never taken classes from a qualified instructor themselves, and yet many of them are teaching within six months. I've been one of the fortunate students in my area who has taken regular weekly classes with such awesome dancers as Suha Azar, and more recently Yemaya (of Oregon), neither of whom are teaching in my area anymore. So, I buy DVD's to keep me motivated and to learn new or innovative technique. I'm not a big fan of workshops. I've been to many of them, but I find that I can't learn much in just a couple of hours in a room with 100 other people. I would rather buy a DVD.
    I have to say also that while I find the more advanced DVD's helpful, I don't know how beneficial begginer DVD's are. I've seen students who've learned to dance solely from DVD's and in many cases their technique and posture are atrocious, since they've had nobody to correct them. It is my opinion that all begginer level DVD's should include a disclaimer that says they are definitely not a substitute for a live instructor.


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    Well my first teacher (with whom i am doing her second year class after missing a year and going elsewhere) is proud of her record of workshops with the great and her 14 years experience. BUT she has never mentioned posture. When I asked about it in first year, she said beginners didn't want too much texchnique - they only wanted to learn a choreo.

    If i hadn't gone to dvds, I wouldn't have a clue about posture (and other things)

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    1. Due to living so far from any instructor, DVD's help me continue learning.
    2. I am able to attend workshops with instructors such as Dr. Mo that I might night be able to go to under normal circumstances.
    3. It allows me to experience a variety of instructors and methods to find the one that I would want to take workshops etc from when I get the chance.
    4. It allows me to see different interpretation of certain pieces of music.

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    None of the above.

    I use DVDs to follow up after taking workshops - that is I do the workshop with the tutor then use the DVD to jog my memory. (I can't imagine picking up a DVD from a teacher I haven't done classes or workshops with and "teaching myself" - DVDs are limited and 2 dimensional resources)

    I also use them for background information (ie non-movement related) and watching good performers. With the latter I look for stylization, transitions and arms mostly.

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    I've heard that from a couple of bellydance teachers too, that posture is no biggie. But the truth is that it is important in any form of dance. And so is learning proper technique especially at a begginer level. While it is true that DVD's are a great tool when they are used to complement live classes, they do have the drawback that they cannot correct the mistakes that many students make when they are just starting out. I know I did, and alot of things that I had learned from begginer DVD's were later corrected by live instructors, much to my surprise and dismay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    Well my first teacher (with whom i am doing her second year class after missing a year and going elsewhere) is proud of her record of workshops with the great and her 14 years experience. BUT she has never mentioned posture. When I asked about it in first year, she said beginners didn't want too much texchnique - they only wanted to learn a choreo.

    If i hadn't gone to dvds, I wouldn't have a clue about posture (and other things)

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    If you have good natural posture, then BD posture is no big thing but I have seen students whose hips were wooden because they were not lifted enough in the upper body.

    My teacher is petite. i imagine she has always stood up straifght. I am in my larte 50s and have alwaysslouched, so that i have a much better line when i stand up straight, not to mention the moves come easier. I had to figure that one out for myself though.

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